Offensive Linemen (21)

Larry Allen, Walter Jones, Kevin Mawae, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Will Shields.

Modern Positional Average

Offensive Linemen: Alan Faneca (2021), Steve Hutchinson (2020), Kevin Mawae (2019), Orlando Pace (2016), Will Shields (2015).

Alan Faneca replaces Walter Jones, who was inducted in 2014.  This marks the second straight year where the last five inducted Offensive Lineman has changed   Games increased slightly, but Approximate Value slid by 4.  This resulted in the AV/G dropping by close to 0.04.  Pro Bowls stayed the same, but First Team All-Pros edged up by .4

Stats

  • Games 201.8
  • Approximate Value 137.4
  • AV/G 0.6809
  • Pro Bowls 8.6
  • First Team All-Pros 3.8

Last Year’s Rank #17.

Peters has the MPA in Pro Bowls and Games Played, and is not that far in Approximate Value, but it is unknown whether he will get there after a long wait in free agency, he signed with the Chicago Bears on August 16.  With the All-Decade nod, it tips him currently over the proverbial Hall of Fame fence whether or not he plays another snap or not.

Stats

  • Games 213 (+11.2)
  • Approximate Value 131 (-6.4)
  • AV/G 0.6150 (-0.0659)
  • Pro Bowls 9 (+0.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.8)
Last Year’s Rank #30.

Martin began his pro career going six for six in Pro Bowls, but a seventh consecutive one eluded him in an injury-plagued year where he missed six Games.  He does however have four First Team All-Pros, placing him over the MPA, and his AV/G is also well over, but he needs more to cement himself in a Hall of Fame conversation.

Stats

  • Games 104 (-97.8)
  • Approximate Value 85 (-52.4)
  • AV/G 0.8173 (+0.1364)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-2.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+0.2)

Last Year’s Rank #27.

After seven consecutive Pro Bowls, Smith only played two Games in 2020, dealing with neck issues.  Smith was named an All-Decade player, but the bar for Offensive Linemen are high for Hall of Fame enshrinement.  Two seasons similar to his 2010s should put him through.

Stats

  • Games 133 (-68.8)
  • Approximate Value 93 (-44.4)
  • AV/G 0.6993 (+0.0184)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.8)

Last Year’s Rank #35.

Trent Williams refused to report to Washington in 2019 after feeling they misdiagnosed a growth in his head that turned out to be cancerous.  Williams sat out the entire 2019 season, and signed with San Francisco in 2020, and added an eighth Por Bowl after going to seven consecutive (2012-18). Despite his Pro Bowl success, Williams only has one Second Team All-Pro, and he is below the AV/G.  A First Team All-Pro is critical for Williams chances.

Stats

  • Games 134 (-67.8)
  • Approximate Value 80 (-57.4)
  • AV/G 0.5970 (-0.0839)
  • Pro Bowls 8 (-0.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

Last Year’s Rank #34.

Whitworth was a late bloomer, in that his Pro Bowls all came in the second half of his career.  While his AV/G is not that high, accumulatively he is approaching the Approximate Value of his respective MPA.  At age 39, there is only so much he has left, and omission of an All-Decade Selection does not help him, and he is coming off a torn MCL.

Stats

  • Games 224 (+22.2)
  • Approximate Value 135 (-2.4)
  • AV/G 0.6027 (-0.0782)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-4.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.8)

Last Year’s Rank #56.

Until recently, it could be argued that David Bakhtiari has been criminally underrated as he only has had three Pro Bowls, despite being worthy for a couple more.  It can also be argued that the eight-year pro has a claim as the best Left Tackle in the game over the last five seasons.  Bakhtiari is now getting the respect he deserves, and it could propel him into greater accolades, namely a bust in Canton.

Stats

  • Games 118 (-83.8)
  • Approximate Value 91 (-46.4)
  • AV/G 0.7719 (+0.091)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.8)

Last Year’s Rank #59.

DeCastro’s last six seasons has seen him selected for the Pro Bowl, but as we will say often (and again) the bar is high for Offensive Lineman, and he needs a few more years like this for viable consideration, but he is getting a lot closer.

Stats

  • Games 125 (-76.8)
  • Approximate Value 93 (-44.4)
  • AV/G 0.6640 (-0.0169)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-2.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.8)

Last Year’s Rank #41.

Named to the All-Decade Team, Alex Mack concluded his five-year run with Atlanta in 2020, the second team he played for following seven seasons with Cleveland.  The Center joins San Francisco this year, but at age 35, more individual accolades will be hard to accumulate.

Stats

  • Games 179 (-22.8)
  • Approximate Value 103 (-34.4)
  • AV/G 0.5754 (-0.1055)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-2.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

Last Year’s Rank #51.

Duane Brown has been a good Offensive Lineman to date, going to four Pro Bowls with a First Team All-Pro, but at age 35, he is running out of time to make a Hall of Fame case.  That is not impossible, as three years ago, he probably should have had that fifth Pro Bowl.

Stats

  • Games 186 (-15.8)
  • Approximate Value 110 (-27.4)
  • AV/G 0.5914 (-0.0895)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-4.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.8)

Last Year’s Rank #69.

A career-Eagle and former Super Bowl winner, Kelce is putting himself on the fringe of Hall of Fame conversation.  In 2019, Kelce was a First Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection, marking the first time that he received both honors in the same season.  Kelce followed that with his fourth Pro Bowl last year.

Stats

  • Games 142 (-59.8)
  • Approximate Value 92 (-45.4)
  • AV/G 0.6479 (-0.033)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-4.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-0.8)

Last Year’s Rank #61.

While Schwartz was not chosen for the official 2010s All-Decade Team, there were some publications that had him on theirs.  Only a one-time First Team All-Pro and never a Pro Bowler, Schwartz could be this generation’s Ken Riley.  Schwartz had back issues in 2020, and only played six Games, which was followed by a release from the Chiefs.  The severity of that injury will be told soon.

Stats

  • Games 134 (-67.8)
  • Approximate Value 87 (-50.4)
  • AV/G .6493 (-0.0316)
  • Pro Bowls 0 (-8.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.8)

Last Year’s Rank #89.

There are no other Offensive Linemen who debuted in 2018 who have been as good as Nelson.  Three years don’t make the Hall for an O-Lineman, but when you lay out a three-for-three in First Team All-Pros, this start lays down the foundation.  Nelson’s AV/G is well over .2 of the MPA, which is very impressive.

Stats

  • Games 48 (-153.8)
  • Approximate Value 45 (-92.4)
  • AV/G 0.9375 (+0.2566)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-0.8)

Last Year’s Rank #101.

Last year, we felt that Turner was a tricky player to rank, as despite having five consecutive Pro Bowls with Carolina (2015-19), he was never really in a First Team All-Pro candidate.  He played for the Chargers last year, but only had nine Games due to injury.  He now joins the Steelers, and will have to bounce back from what was a down 2020 to regain what little Hall of Fame momentum he had.

Stats

  • Games 93 (-108.8)
  • Approximate Value 50 (-87.4)
  • AV/G 0.5326 (-0.1483)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-3.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

Last Year’s Rank #107.

Ramcyzk is well over the AV/G for his position, and the four-year vet was a First Team All-Pro last year, and is a two-time Second Team All-Pro.  Ramcyzk, however, has never been to the Pro Bowl, which is criminal.  If his next four seasons match his first four, he should be in our top 40 or close to it.

Stats

  • Games 63 (-138.8)
  • Approximate Value 54 (-83.4)
  • AV/G 0.8571 (+0.1762)
  • Pro Bowls 0 (-8.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.8)

Last Year’s Rank #110.

Armstead is an eight-year vet, and his best seasons have been the last three, where he was named to the Pro Bowl.  The Left Tackle is improving, and if he has a long and higher peak, he could make a Hall of Fame run.

Stats

  • Games 89 (-112.8)
  • Approximate Value 57 (-80.4)
  • AV/G 0.7067 (+0.0258)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

Last Year’s Rank #105.

Last year, we said that Stanley first appeared on our radar, and did so in a season where he was a First Team All-Pro with a 17 Approximate Value season.  The follow up was not there, as an ankle injury reduced him to six Games, but the Raven has a lot of time left in his career.

Stats

  • Games 62 (-139.8)
  • Approximate Value 41 (-96.4)
  • AV/G 0.6613 (-0.0196)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-7.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.8)

Last Year’s Rank #Unranked.

Scherff has already gone to four Pro Bowls, and he was a First Team All-Pro for the first time last year.

Stats

  • Games 78 (-123.8)
  • Approximate Value 47 (-90.4)
  • AV/G .6026 (-0.0783)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-4.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.8)

Last Year’s Rank #111.

Lewan’s three Pro Bowls were from 2016 to 2018.  After an average 2019, Lewan was hurt for much of 2021 due to a torn ACL, and that might carry over into 2021.

Stats

  • Games 90 (-111.8)
  • Approximate Value 47 (-90.4)
  • AV/G 0.5222 (-0.1587)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

Last Year’s Rank #Unranked.

Humphrey has gone to the Pro Bowl the last two years and he is on a team that are Super Bowl contenders.

Stats

  • Games 99 (-102.8)
  • Approximate Value 57 (-80.4)
  • AV/G .5758 (-0.1051)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)

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Last Year’s Rank #Unranked.

Bitonio has quietly put together a three-year streak of Pro Bowls, and if the Browns can win it all in 2021, his stock should rise.

Stats

  • Games 95 (-106.8)
  • Approximate Value 53 (-84.4)
  • AV/G .5579 (-0.123)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.8)